SEEKING MEMORIES OF CAMBODIA IN MAY 1970 FOR PBS DOCUMENTARY
PBS is producing a documentary history of America in the turmultous month of May 1970. It is remembered as the month that saw the Cambodian Incursion, the Kent State shootings on May 4th, the national student strike, and what some historians believe was a nervous breakdown suffered by President Nixon.
The film asks: what was it like to be an American in May 1970? To answer this question the film will tell the story of Americans from many different walks of life. From college students protesting the seemingly endless war to their parents, who only saw increasing violence and anarchy. From President Nixon and his staff watching this unrest unfold, to the GIs crossing the border into Cambodia, with no idea what lay ahead. We want to know what was in the hearts and minds of all Americans at this pivotal time in our history.
The film's team is seeking footage, photographs, and the memories of servicemen who witnessed the first month of the Cambodian incursion in May 1970. The story of the incursion is one that is rarely told and we want to understand what it was like for the men who were there.
Of particular interest are memories of the battle of Shakey's Hill on May 21st which had many casualties but was also considered a great victory. We would also like to hear from members who recall hearing about the shootings at Kent State on May 4th and had strong feelings about these events at the time.
Those willing to share their experiences, photographs, letters, or recordings, should send a note to Anna Bowers (firstname.lastname@example.org ) detailing their unit and rank at the time they were with in Cambodia, current contact information including town or city and state of residence.